EE Power Bar explodes
A medical student ended up being badly burned as her EE Power Bar charger exploded, and set fire to her bedroom carpet. Using her laptop to charge the device, Katy Emslie heard her charging device explode, which then fired across the room 'like a firework'.
She said that the Power Bar crashed into the wall and then charred the carpet behind it and caused a fire under her bed. The burns came from Emslie trying to extinguish the flames.
Katy said: "I was charging my EE power bar through my Mac computer overnight and at I was woken up by something which sounded like a firework. The power bar had exploded up the wall and flames began spreading around my bedroom."
"I was screaming for my mum who was in the next room, I tried patting the flames out with my hand because I was worried that the fire could spread underneath and set my bed alight. My mum came through with a towel and put out the flames while I ran through and ran my hand under the cold water tap."
"We then went to A&E where I had to keep my hand underneath a cold water tap for three hours before it was cool enough to be treated."
Katy added: "The executive office at EE phoned me up and said that they’ll be holding an internal inquiry but all I want is to have the full use of my hands back."
EE say that this is an isolated incident, with a spokesperson saying: "We’re sorry to hear about Ms. Emslie’s experience. All of our products undergo stringent safety tests. This is an isolated incident and we’re in contact with the customer to investigate the cause of this issue as a matter of urgency."